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Lusaka, Friday, August 11, 2017: The Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) this week held a regional sensitization workshop on renewable energy guidelines as a way of promoting harmonized renewable policy and regulatory guidelines among Member States.

The workshop had 45 participants from 15 Member States namely; Burundi, Congo DR, Rwanda, Swaziland, Egypt, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros. Others were from Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Sudan and Uganda.

RAERESA is a specialized institution of COMESA.

The objectives of the workshop were to train and assist COMESA countries to implement the renewable energy guidelines and best practices developed with support from USAID.

These guidelines include the COMESA Public Private Partnership Guidelines(PPP), the Power Purchase Agreement Guidelines (PPA), and the Model Energy Policy Framework. Others are the COMESA Guidelines on Joint Development of Projects, The COMESA Feed In Tariff (FIT)Guidelines and the Regulatory Framework on Off Grid Electrification.

In endorsing these guidelines, the COMESA council of Ministers directed the COMESA secretariat to facilitate training programmes for Member States on the said guidelines to fully understand and further internalize and domesticate these guidelines and that they be urged to avail relevant information from their respective countries with the view to sharing with others.

It is expected that after the training, Member States shall be able to develop their legal and regulatory frameworks for renewable energy projects and help harmonize these frameworks across countries and help unlock the development of renewable energy potential in the COMESA region.

Speaking during the training workshop, RAERESA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohamedain Seif Elnasr urged the workshop participants to take the training seriously share best practices from those States that are doing better in renewable energy.

“Renewable energy has the potential to facilitate the improvement of the quality of life of the people in the COMESA region through providing energy security and energy access opportunities adding that the COMESA region with untapped renewable energy potential, therefore has at golden opportunity to leapfrog into the front ranks of the race in to the green economy era,” Dr Seif Elnasr said.

The workshop took place at Chaminuka Resort, east of Lusaka, Zambia from 7th to 11th August 2017.